Founding Director Philip Kunhardt is Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Humanities at New York University and teaches history and biography in the College of Arts and Science. He has co-authored five books and has written and co-produced numerous historical documentaries for PBS, ABC, HBO, Discovery and other networks. He focuses on the lives and accomplishments of transformative figures and is a specialist on the history and visual record of Abraham Lincoln and his times. To help guide the programming and development of the Center he has assembled a distinguished Advisory Committee comprised of leaders in the fields of higher education, business, media, and philanthropy.
Assistant Director Kathleen Murphy joined the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives in 2017. She has a bachelor's degree from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she majored in Gender Studies and Communication. Prior to joining the Center, Kathleen worked at NYU’s Stern school of business where she managed the MBA part time Langone population on-campus recruiting program and coordinated numerous events. She is committed to bringing transformative programming and fostering intellectually stimulating dialogue to the Center’s growing community.